Medina of Fez
Medina of Fez
4.5
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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The city’s ancient quarter is an intricate maze of streets lined with open markets, shops and mosques.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • MiaEJ2013
    Frillesas, Sweden374 contributions
    Fascinating maze!
    Walking around in the ancient Medina was an amazing experience. There are more than 9500 alleys, some from the 9th century and I do recommend a guide. Our guide was born and raised in the Medina and knew it like the back of his hand. As you walk along, all of a sudden there is a beautiful mosque half hidden or a riad. Almost the entire place is covered to make it cooler in the summer and some of the alleys are so narrow you cannot walk side by side. There are lots of shops selling everything from goats’ heads to berber rugs! Visiting the Medina was a very different experience, don’t miss it if you are in Fes!
    Visited February 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Rschagrin
    Delray Beach, Florida17,073 contributions
    Best Medina
    A labyrinth of street winding thru the city of the old city. One of the best Medina. It houses Mosques, schools, shops selling spices, fruits & vegetables. Also locally made handicrafts including copper pots and pans. They are also carpet dealers and some nice restaurants.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 10 March 2023
  • Chuck1420
    55 contributions
    Marvellous, but you need a guide
    The Medina in Fes is fabulous; much narrower and more of a rabbit-warren than that in Marrakech. A guide is needed for the main historic part both to stop the visitor getting lost and so as to ensure that all the main sights are found (the visits to friends' businesses are part of the price well worth paying). Like elsewhere, Morocco seems very friendly and we never felt concerned; Fes itself was a wonder and a delight.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 April 2023
  • Charlie h
    2 contributions
    Majid the Medina guide
    We took a guided tour from a man called Majid. He's contactable on 06 66 69 00 08 . He spoke very good English and took time to explain alot about the history, culture and always took his time to make sure our questions were answered and understood. We were taken to plenty of different places which did include some co-operative shops selling their different produce from carpets to leather which were under no pressure to buy. He took care of my family and I felt secure as he protected us from unwanted hassles.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 6 April 2023
  • Gregory K
    6 contributions
    There is no better guide than Rachid!
    We have travelled all over the world, and used many guides, but have never encountered a guide better than Rachid Benkirane. We used Rachid as our guide in Fes in March of 2023. I have nothing but excellent praise for Rachid. He was outstanding in all aspects. His English is perfect, and he knows even the smallest corners of the city as if he’s lived there all his life (which he has!). His knowledge of the history of both Fes and Morocco seems endless, and he kept us entertained throughout the day. Our favorite part was meandering with him through the labyrinth of the Medina. We were interested in some specific items we wanted to buy, and at our request he brought us to places that had exactly what we were looking for and helped us negotiate what I thought were outstanding prices for the items we wanted. I would highly recommend him as a guide, and would personally look no further if we ever return to Fes. I can’t thank him enough for a fabulous day!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 April 2023
  • Biyas
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India179 contributions
    A treat for all the senses
    A very ancient and big medina that extends for miles. It has some amazing palaces, Madrassas inside, which are very interesting to see with the ceramic and intricate woodwork. The most amazing thing is the market. Nearly anything and everything are sold on the streets and narrow alleyways, bustling with local people and tourists. Its a treat for the eyes ears and nose.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 23 May 2023
  • amina b
    Casablanca, Morocco2 contributions
    Exploring the Wonders of Fes Old City
    an enchanting treasure that whisks you back in time. Wandering through its labyrinthine streets is like stepping into a living history book. The vibrant markets, intricate architecture, and the aroma of spices create an immersive experience that's truly captivating.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 August 2023
  • David N
    Brisbane, Australia1,705 contributions
    Wonderful Medina with só much tó enjoy
    We spent a wonderful periód of time exploring this amazing Medina with its numerous alleyways and stalls. Só many aspects of this Medina feel ás if they are stuck in time long gone. Definitely worth a visít and spending time here
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Reslysten54
    Vienna, Virginia2,068 contributions
    Colorful chaos
    Don't go there without a guide to lead the way out! It's easy to get lost in the endless rows of handicrafts, food, household items and tourist trinkets. It's colorful, lively and genuine--this supposedly oldest continuously operating market in the world. The walkways are narrow and you have to watch out for workers with small carts ferrying trash and all sorts of goods with great urgency. Some displays of fruit and sweets are delicious and appetizing, but the raw meat hanging from hooks has the opposite impact on me. It's also tiresome to be pestered by salesmen who won't take "no thanks" for an answer.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 September 2023
  • rama1
    Melbourne, Australia1,192 contributions
    Sensational living museum
    This is the place to visit if you are looking for a working community city within a city. Heaps of narrow streets and lanes and working shops everywhere. A highlight is the tannery which is operating as it has been for over 500 years. There are always touts as in any other tourist area but overall it is a wonderful experience
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 September 2023
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Danny S
Sugar City, ID15 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
I loved getting lost in this old warren of streets and alleys. I especially enjoyed the less touristy areas where locals live daily. I preferred Fez to Marrakech
Written 11 February 2024
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Marjorie M
3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
Going with a guide was a good choice. I saw so much more without getting lost and was able to understand what I was seeing! The medina is a fascinating place and I recommend it to anyone wanting to see an ancient way of life still being lived.One of my best experiences ever!
Written 8 February 2024
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neil beedie
9 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
Great medina in a maze of very old alley ways selling a lot of interesting goods but over aggressive sellers
Written 28 December 2023
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Adi
8 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
The Fes Medina is beautiful and takes a minute to figure out. It’s a series of alleyways connecting everything within the city walls.

While we thought the place was beautiful we did not expect to have as many people try to scam us / point us the wrong way. Led us to not believe a word anyone said here. Way worse than in Marrakech. Stick to what google maps says because the people in the alleys are trying to bs you when they tell you you’re walking towards a dead end.

Thought the architecture was cool but the constant attempts to mislead us were a huge turn off.
Written 26 December 2023
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Cindy E
11 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Overwhelming assortment of wares for sale not quite as chaotic as Marrakech Medina, but we had less time to explore and look at things. We were there fairly early in our trip and did not want to purchase anything we might have to haul around for the next 8 or 9 days. To really look at things, examine them and bargain takes more than a 3 to 4 hr visit. I kept wanting to try pastries and look at things but we had to keep moving. The pace of our tour did, however, prevent me from too much impulse buying. Must visit tannery, weavers, pottery co-ops and bronze engravers - not to buy stuff but for information!
Written 25 December 2023
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Sarah L
Whaley Bridge, UK43 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
A veritable rabbit Warren of little alleyways, and I was very glad we had a guide at the front and a guide at the back. What a fabulous experience it felt very safe. We had lunch in a wonderful restaurant through a small door and opening out into a vast and beautiful space.
Written 16 December 2023
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Nath C
6 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
Fes is a gorgeous city and truly authentic, it does not feel tainted by modernity and feels almost biblical.

The medina itself is walled, and very confusing with over 9,000 streets, many of which are dimly lit and badly signposted. Easy to get lost, and if you get your phone out or even look mildly unsure of where you’re going, people will try to misguide you in the hopes of taking you down a quieter corner and robbing you. Others try this even if you look confident and walk with pace. Unlike Marrakech, these hustlers get very aggressive and threatening when you ignore or say no thanks. This happened every single time I left my riad, multiple times a day. I stay in my riad after dark. Please note I’m a 23 year old British male, solo travelling.

I got shoulder barged hard for ignoring a guy who’d tried it on earlier in the day. I turned round and confronted him pretty angrily - not something I would not do - as I was extremely fed up of being constantly targeted. He seemed to back away, but I can imagine if it was someone else unsavoury they’d have retaliated.

I was also followed and cornered by two guys. I was in view of a shopkeeper so kept staring at him to get his attention. The guys noticed this and then started asking me why I looked so scared, that Moroccans are good people and there was no problem. I have no doubt in my mind if that shopkeeper wasn’t there, they’d have demanded money or my phone.

For the reasons above, I would never go back to Fes.
Written 11 December 2023
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bsingh
Gandhinagar, India185 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Founded in 789 AD , Fes (Fez) is referred to as Morocco’s cultural capital. It’s known for its Fes El Bali walled medina, with a maze of alleys ( numbering nearly 9600 with about 4000 dead ends ). Even now , the medina is home to approx. 400,000 people. Apart from residential units , it has numerous shops and restaurants. A Muslim woman, Fatima Al-Fahri, established the University of al-Qarawiyyin in Fes in 859 AD. The university is located within the Medina. There are several Madrassas also , dating back to the early medieval period, with beautiful architecture. Some of the oldest tanneries are still functional here. It’s a UNESCO heritage site. On the first day , we took a guided tour of the Medina. On the next day , we did a quick tour on our own with the help of tips given by our Riad owner.
Written 24 November 2023
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soulefultraveler
Sun City West, AZ1,973 contributions
Oct 2023
You really need a guide to take you around this cramped, noisy, crowded medina, but it's well worth it. Take in all the sights and sounds. Good shopping, but you definitely have to bargain.
Written 14 November 2023
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suntan47
Chelmsford, UK945 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Visited as part of a tour group . This was our favourite city on our tour of Morocco.

The Medina visit was brilliant. We had our tour Manager & a local guide . Personally I would recommend a guide , you would be worried about finding your way out , some of these shoulder width passages are a bit daunting.

It was very busy but the traders were still polite as were the local people, many smiling as you stood there looking round in wonder at the colour/ aroma/ vibrancy of the wares .

We visited the tanneries, which were incredible & just like all the tourist photos you have seen of Fez .

We spent about 5 hours here including a couple of stops .

We enjoyed our experience here more than in Marrakesh, even though that seems the more popular city .
Written 16 October 2023
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